Moving house is an undertaking that requires organisation, patience and resourcefulness – as much as we love them, these tend to be virtues that our furry friends do not possess! Thankfully, there are a number of steps that we can take to seamlessly move house with our pets. Whether you’re the proud parent of dogs, cats, or fish, keep reading for our top tips on how to make your pets’ relocation as stress-free as possible.
Our canine pals tend to be a bundle of energy, which is what makes them such great life partners – but unfortunately, this isn’t exactly conducive to the chaos of moving house. It’s important to have your dog safely out of the way while the move is happening, both for their own safety and the safety of the removalists. The last thing you want is your dog romping into the path of the removalists as they carry your washing machine or a fridge.
If your dog will be present while you’re packing up your house, it’s best to secure them in a room with the door closed; don’t forget to tell the movers so that they don’t accidentally let them out. We also recommend feeding your dog a few hours before the commute to your new home in order to avoid any travel sickness.
Once you have safely arrived at your new abode, again, secure your dog in a room with sufficient water and treats while the movers unload your furniture. Last but not least – and this is the best part – set up your dog’s new home before letting them out to explore their surroundings, so that they can feel at ease as quickly as possible.
We don’t want to stereotype, but moving house with a cat can be slightly more difficult than moving house with a dog. Known for being territorial creatures, cats can struggle with relocation.
Similar to dogs, cats should be kept safely secured in a room during the move, both for their own and the movers’ safety. Use your cat carrier to transport your feline friend, and once you have arrived at your new home, keep your cat contained inside your new property until the chaos has subsided. If you let your cat explore the great outdoors straight away, they could get lost or run away. You could even convert your feline into an ‘indoor cat’ for a few weeks so that they have time to adjust to their new environment.
Let’s not forget about our aquatic pals! Relocating your fish requires some preparation given the delicacy of fish tanks. When booking your removalist service, inform them that you have a fish tank to move and provide its dimensions, since some larger tanks need to be moved by specialists.
When it comes to the move itself, the tank needs to be completely emptied of water; you can temporarily store the water in several large buckets with lids, as you want to take as much of the original water with you as possible to minimise stress on your fish.
Relocate the fish together into one bucket; you can also put any decorations or removable parts in containers. Ideally, the movers will pack your tank into the vans last, so that they can be taken out first once you reach your new address.
Upon arrival, re-set up your tank, add the water, rehome your fish, and turn on the heater and pumps. Don’t forget to keep a close eye on your fishy friends over the next few days to ensure that they settle into their new environment smoothly.
De Freitas Ryan understands that moving house is no small feat, which is why we are happy to lend guidance and support in any way we can. If you would like assistance in finding removalist services that can seamlessly move your pets, get in touch with our team by calling (08) 6263 8403.